How do I make a flat, rectangular shaped backyard with no trees inviting? Privacy fence on all sides.

Judy C
by Judy C
  8 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on May 17, 2012
    What is the square footage of the area? Is it full sun or shade? What is there now, do you have grass?
  • Lu T Lu T on May 18, 2012
    go to the library and check out a couple of gardening books and skim them for a design that makes you smile. I think of rectangles as a canvas in which to create beautiful art. Once you have a picture, go to your local nursery and shove it under someone's nose (who knows their plants) and tell them you'd like to recreate this using plants that do well in your area. Have a color pallet in mind to narrow your choices down. That's what Id do.
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 18, 2012
    And is there any reason you can't plant trees?
  • Erica Glasener Erica Glasener on May 18, 2012
    A trellis in a large pot with vines as a focal point would add some interest. But it would help to know how much sun, etc you have.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 18, 2012
    One thing I have seen is setting 6" treated posts in concrete to form a square or rectangle facing away from afternoon sun. Make a frame across the top and cover with canvas...that plain unbleached lesser expensive works great. Then use plumbing pipe for a curtain rod and add sheets to screen. Then let your imagination go wild as to hardscape (everything from mulch to decorative stone), potted plants, etc. Add a few chairs and you have an oasis. The size of the covering depends on your taste and budget. A small sitting area with a dining area outside and even a fire pit would be great! Make sure you have enough uprights and brace at every corner of posts!
  • Judy C Judy C on May 18, 2012
    Thank you all for your great ideas. Yes, I can plant trees but want something pretty now. Like the idea of the trellis & the sitting area with a fire pit. Again thank you all so much!
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 19, 2012
    We look forward to seeing what you come up with, Judy. Make sure to post a photo when you finish.
  • Oliver Teske Oliver Teske on Feb 17, 2015
    Try surrounding the area by several trellises and covering them with vines.